n3 Gift Guide: Movies of the Year

This year was a pretty good year for new movies and special editions for already-existing classics. Movies are great gifts, of course, but picking them out can be a little stressful, especially if you haven’t seen the movies or they’re outside of your genres of interest.

Fortunately, n3rdabl3 has your back this December, and we’ve gathered a list of the best of the best movies that came out this year and are available on DVD now, movies from last year that didn’t come out on DVD until this year, and new editions of some classics.

Action:

Baby Driver

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Baby Driver follows Baby, a heist driver who tries going straight after he meets a nice waitress. The kingpin doesn’t really like this idea and threatens the waitress with bodily harm should Baby try refusing orders again. The movie is visually interesting and highly stylized, especially in the fact that many action scenes are synched to music. It swept box offices from day one thanks to its compelling energy.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B073FF3VNT’ text=’Baby Driver’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’e33933c6-d88b-11e7-9501-ed9a77296c0e’] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Kingsman: The Golden Circlen3 Gift Guide: Movies of the Year - n3rdabl3

Kingsman is a secret organization that works mostly within the UK to keep the citizenship safe. In this sequel, Eggsy Unswin, the trainee from the first film, has to join up with the American equivalent group, the Statesman. This film is even more star-studded than the first, with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, and Mark Strong returning, and Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Julianna Moore, and even Elton John joining the fray. This movie balances humor and action well, never sacrificing one for the other. We recommend picking up the first movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, as well, or at least watching it before checking out The Golden Circle.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B075MN47J5′ text=’Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’48f164e2-d88c-11e7-9de7-e1366a4a332d’] and [amazon_textlink asin=’B00S1IT4KA’ text=’Kingsman: The Secret Service’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’54f0d699-d88c-11e7-b8b7-f5b4dff9c389′] are both available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Comedy:

Mindhorn

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Mindhorn is a fictional detective show, and this movie takes place 25 years after it ended. On the Isle of Mann, where the fake show was filmed, a wanted criminal refuses to speak to cops, insisting he speak to Mindhorn. The actor who played the detective, now washed up, is called on-scene, and in reconnecting with former co-stars and crew he starts unraveling the mystery the criminal has been framed for. The humor of the movie has been compared to other, real British TV shows such as The Mighty Boosh and is an easy pick for anyone who likes that show.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B071YPJDQY’ text=’Mindhorn’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’b5e64f57-d88c-11e7-aa7c-4720827e2090′] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Drama:

In This Corner of the World

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This anime is set in 1944 Hiroshima, as Japanese food rationing is implemented and preparations against US air raids begin. That simple summary alone should make it clear that this is not the sort of anime set for casual viewing, as the struggles of areas affected by war rarely are, not to mention that the atomic bomb deployed on Hiroshima does figure into this film. It is beautiful, nonetheless, though we can’t impress enough that In This Corner of the World may not be a good pick for someone who likes anime, simply for the fact that they tend to like anime. As this anime (and the manga it was based on) was meticulously researched and based on real-life incidents and records of Hiroshima before its destruction, this may be a good choice for history buffs, too.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B072ZPJ2G2′ text=’In This Corner of the World’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’7650e259-d88d-11e7-b333-6143918af3d7′] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? You can check out our review for it here.

Fantasy:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spinoff from the internationally acclaimed Harry Potter book and film series. It started life as a fake textbook for the creatures of the wizarding world, but the movie is meant to show Newt Scamander, the supposed author of the textbook, travelling with the creatures that he’ll eventually write about. Scamander is held up in New York when his magical suitcase gets switched with a Muggle’s suitcase and some of his beasts escape, sending him on adventure to gather them all. It’s a must for Harry Potter fans, of course, but it is a fun romp even for those who enjoy fantasy films and are less familiar with the parent series.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B01MQJFCYT’ text=’Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’bfe12106-d88d-11e7-978b-e5ad5c149b44′] is available on Amazon.

Horror:

Get Out

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Get Out is about a black photographer named Chris going to meet his white girlfriend’s parents. It’s clear things are “off” from the start; a policeman tries to get Chris’s license and registration after his girlfriend hits a deer. At the girlfriend’s childhood home, the feeling of unease builds subtly at first; blatant and quieter forms of racism emerge, eerie behavior of black workers employed by the girlfriend’s parents puts one out of place, and things only build from there. In many ways it is pertinent in regards to social issues and tensions right now, though the horror does move in a more fantastical direction as the climax approaches.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B06XS25WCZ’ text=’Get Out’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’0ab4e710-d88f-11e7-8802-9d862b3067f8′] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

It (2017)

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It raised eyebrows when it was announced because of the affection that many held for the 1990 version which starred Tim Curry. However, this remake proved it was a worthy successor to the original. The camaraderie between the children—the Losers Club—is amazing, and shifts focus to them, rather than the horror of Pennywise, though he is impressive visually. Because this version of It was released for theatres rather than TV as the original, the imagery could be scarier and the language could be rougher (allowing the kids to act and talk like real almost-teens) this time around. It should be noted that this is just the first part of a planned two-part film series, and only covers the story of the Losers Club as children. The second movie will tell the story of the adult Losers returning to Derry, and is due out in 2019.

This movie will be available starting December 8; preorders of [amazon_textlink asin=’B0756XK26B’ text=’It’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’ea0442a9-d88f-11e7-abab-01a288d30720′] can be made on Amazon. If you’re going for a theme, the Tim Curry version of [amazon_textlink asin=’B002TPP5X6′ text=’It’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’fbdc2107-d88f-11e7-8474-0df39104a069′] is also available online, as is the Stephen King book both are based on.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Kids:

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie has two elementary-age boys hypnotizing their principal into believing he is their made-up superhero, Captain Underpants. This is all well and good until a real supervillain appears to take over the town, sending the not-super-at-all superhero into action. Although a fun film for kids, this movie would also be a good pick for a nostalgic adult: the book series it’s based on turned 20 this year, so there are plenty with fond memories of it. The humor of the books is represented well, and it’s visually unique, recreating author/artist’s Dav Pilkey style without looking flat, as if still confined to the page, as CGI movies based on print properties sometimes do.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B0748P7C6D’ text=’Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’96f6707d-d891-11e7-8153-a97a63d79271′] is available on Amazon, as are the [amazon_textlink asin=’1407163280′ text=’Captain Underpants’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’f372bdbc-d891-11e7-a625-ddffe849ce24′] books.

Moana 

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Moana was released in theaters last year, but didn’t come out on DVD until early 2017. Moana is a young girl chosen by the ocean at a young age to return the goddess Te Fiti’s heart, in the form of a small green stone. When Moana’s island is afflicted by a blight, she sails away and finds the demigod Maui, then the two seek Te Fiti together. It’s a gorgeous Disney film, lush with vibrant color and it boasts a fantastic soundtrack as well. The movie does not have a paint-by-numbers plot, putting a satisfying twist on the expectations of a Disney film and even of the expectations of a hero’s journey as well.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B01MQRHKAJ’ text=’Moana’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’cef707d7-d892-11e7-b1d5-5b7525391cc2′] is available on Amazon.

Sci-Fi:

Alien Covenant

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Alien is a hallmark in sci-fi cinema, and all of its sequels and prequels get attention without trying. After Prometheus, the first Alien prequel, received mixed reviews, Ridley Scott moved to a story more in line with the first Alien movie. A crew makes an emergency landing* on an unknown planet that appears to be hospitable. However, the local fauna and a familiar, robotic face from Prometheus dashes any optimism about the situation early on. It plays off of that original Alien story, combining it with action elements akin to Aliens for a crazy finale, and makes a familiar but new story that works for old fans of the series, especially the movie, and is approachable for viewers new to the franchise. However, we would recommend watching Prometheus before Alien Covenant so you’re not left in the dark for a few key story scenes.

Several different editions of this movie were released; Wal Mart’s comes with a limited edition t-shirt, Best Buy’s edition comes in a steel box, and Target’s version comes with an art book of some stills from the film and “excerpts” from David’s notebooks. The content on the discs themselves is the same, so it really comes down to your personal preferences. [amazon_textlink asin=’B0725JLQ47′ text=’Alien: Covenant’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’d6f7c17a-d894-11e7-8b81-638f91b62b70′] is also available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a classic sci-fi film first released in 1991. After being terrorized by—and defeating—a robot sent back in time to kill her, Sarah Conner has been in and out of asylums and off and on the streets, while her son John, the supposed savior of the human race, has made it to ten in foster care. A robot identical to the first is sent back in time to protect Sarah and John this time around from a second, even deadlier robot assassin. This is a great action movie with some great, nostalgic cheesiness (John hacks an ATM and a vault with a handheld Atari computer) and was notable at its release for its CGI effects, making it a must-see for film buffs even if they don’t usually take to sc-fi.

The 4k, 3D Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray, DVD and digital downloads of the new home release of [amazon_textlink asin=’B073XP1GK2′ text=’Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’cb8fe01f-d895-11e7-91e5-4d83f2483789′] are all available off of Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of the 3D release here, as well as our interviews with producer Stephanie Austin and composer Brad Fiedel.

Superhero:

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

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Obviously Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 is a sequel to the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and we recommend you see the first before getting involved with the second. The characters of the first film return, and the now-established Guardians get caught up in an interstellar attack which leads them to Peter Quill’s supposed father, a god-like being named Ego. Quill works with his father’s plans until he uncovers a horrible truth that causes him to rebel, and the Guardians reunite to hinder Ego. As with the previous Guardians film, all of the action happens against a fantastic soundtrack.

[amazon_textlink asin=’B0722KJM5M’ text=’Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’440fb242-d897-11e7-a07b-0912cc7b351c’] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review of it here.

Spiderman: Homecoming

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When the news came out that there was going to be another Spiderman reboot, many fans felt a bit exhausted over the whole ordeal. However, the latest Spiderman installment pleased many. It inserts Spiderman into the Marvel cinematic universe and gets right into the good stuff, skimming over the well-known origin story. The main villain of this film is the Vulture, who is more than just a simple, one dimensional baddie. For those of you still unsure about Marvel’s cinematic universe, this is a good movie to start with, and for those of you already immersed in it—what are you waiting for?

[amazon_textlink asin=’B073Q3NLQZ’ text=’Spiderman: Homecoming’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’991b8be3-d897-11e7-848c-8fc16b44fd8b’] is available on Amazon.

Still not sure about this movie? Check out our review here.

Thriller:

The Handmaiden

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A complex tale set in Japanese-occupied Korea (the 1930s), a handmaiden is hired by a Japanese heiress, though she is secretly involved in a plot to defraud her. This movie is incredibly mystifying and complex, and it’s even harder to really put it under one genre header. The Handmaiden swept awards ceremonies with good reason. We recommend that you give the film a watch before giving it to anyone else as it does take some surprising turns. Of course, the movie is subtitled, so be prepared to read if you do pick this movie up. It’s worth it!

[amazon_textlink asin=’B073RR6WN2′ text=’The Handmaiden’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’n3rdabl3-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’4e707178-d898-11e7-9a93-474c1c5b808f’] is available on Amazon.

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N3rdabl3 is also running several other gift guides for the holiday season; everything from current game releases to retro game releases, to art and comic book guides, as well as many more. Please check out our Features sections for more ideas this year!

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